Vassalboro residents voted to re-elect Lauchlin Titus to serve a three-year term as selectman in a secret-ballot election Tuesday by a vote of 191-56.

Titus ran against Larisa Batchelder, a political newcomer and small-business owner.

Titus, 62, has been on the Board of Selectmen for nine years and has served as chairman for the past year. He owns and runs AgMatters LLC, a crop consulting business that works with Maine farmers.

Titus first entered town politics in 1992 when he joined the School Committee, later serving on the Budget Committee for 12 years before running for a selectman’s seat.

Titus said he ran again because he enjoyed the position and he felt that the municipal government in Vassalboro is doing a good job.

He was not immediately available for comment after the votes were announced.


Batchelder, 38, owns Cozy Barn Antiques with her husband and is studying liberal arts and political science at the University of Maine at Augusta. She ran for the position, she said, because people in town feel their elected officials aren’t listening to their concerns. She said she hoped to listen to residents and come up with solutions to please “the people and the law.”

Madeline St. Amour — 861-9239

Twitter: @madelinestamour

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